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  T   H   E           M       E       R       C   E   R

Law & Order
at Mercer
Law School

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F r o m                   t h e                 D e a n

                                                      in the criminal justice system as a police officer    through his supervision of students interning in
                                                      or in another capacity brings a unique perspec-       district attorneys’ offices, and through working
                                                      tive to our classrooms. Many of these students        with student research assistants in connection
                                                      plan to become prosecutors or defense lawyers         with criminal cases to which he has been
                                                      after their graduation from law school, and all       appointed by the federal courts.
                                                      of them enrich the discussion and debate with-            We also are extremely fortunate to be able
                                                      in their law school courses.                          to call upon alumni to share their experiences
                                                           Once our students begin their legal studies      as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers
                                                      here at Mercer, they are presented with a rich        with our students. Whether as a panelist on a
                                                      array of required and elective courses focused        career services program, as a speaker sponsored
                                                      on the criminal law. All of our students take a       by the Mercer Association of Prosecutors, as a
                                                      first-semester course in criminal law, and            guest lecturer in one of our criminal law class-
                                                      among the popular electives for our second-           es, or as an adjunct professor teaching a full
                                                      year students are two different criminal proce-       course for us, alumni involvement at the Law
                                                      dure courses. In their third year, students can       School helps our students gain a better under-
                                                      elect small courses, seminars and workshops,          standing of the criminal law and the realities of
                                                      such as Federal Criminal Law, Advanced Trial          criminal practice. Pete Peterman, a 1976 grad-
                                                      Evidence, Advanced Trial Practice, and                uate of the Law School and currently the inter-
                                                      Advanced Criminal Trial Techniques.                   im United States Attorney here in Macon, has
                                                           We are able to offer this rich array of crimi-   taught trial practice for several years for us.
             Larry Dessem                             nal law courses because of the significant prac-      Public defender Angie Coggins (a 1989 gradu-
    Dean, Walter F. George School of Law              tice experience that several of our faculty have      ate) and Assistant District Attorney Christine
                                                      within the criminal justice system. Professor         Cruse (a 1998 graduate) team teach their

          N ARGUING FOR THE APPOINTMENT               Deryl Dantzler not only serves on our faculty,        course in Georgia Criminal Practice and
          of counsel in state felony prosecutions     but she is also the dean of the National              Procedure, which gives our students a particu-
          in Gideon v. Wainwright, Abe Fortas         Criminal Defense College, which brings leading        larly unique interplay of prosecution and
          asserted that the adversary system          criminal defense attorneys from across the            defense perspectives.
          “means that counsel for the State will      country for programs here at the Law School               Our criminal defense system requires both
 do his best ... to present the case for the State,   each summer. Deryl’s experience as a private          outstanding prosecutors and defense lawyers.
 and counsel for the defense will do his best,        criminal defense attorney is complemented by          Mercer Law School has, for many years, pro-
 similarly, to present the best case possible for     Professor John Cole’s service as a Philadelphia       duced just such attorneys. Judge Griffin B. Bell,
 the defendant, and from that clash there will        public defender before he became a law school         a 1948 Law School graduate, has served as the
 emerge the truth.” The Supreme Court agreed          professor. Not only do Deryl and John bring a         chief law enforcement officer of the United
 with Fortas, recognizing that our system of          unique set of experiences from their practices to     States, while other alumni serve and have
 criminal justice requires able representation of     the classroom, but they also have mentored            served as prosecutors and defense lawyers in
 both the state and the criminally accused. At        many students over the years who, upon their          large and small offices across the nation.
 Mercer Law School, we have a long tradition of       graduation from Mercer, have become public            These attorneys are the people who ensure that
 producing both outstanding prosecutors and           defenders and criminal defense lawyers.               justice truly emerges from our adversary system
 criminal defense lawyers. It is these men and             Professor Jim Fleissner brings to his crimi-     of criminal justice. I hope that you will enjoy
 women whom we highlight in this issue of The         nal law courses the experience gained from            reading about them in this issue of The
 Mercer Lawyer.                                       eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney    Mercer Lawyer.
     As you will read, some of our students have      in the Northern District of Illinois. Jim also has
 had extensive experience with the criminal jus-      engaged our students interested in criminal
 tice system prior to their entry into law school.    prosecution through his founding and sponsor-
 As you can imagine, a student who has worked         ship of the Mercer Association of Prosecutors,
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                     Fall 2001
                         R. Kirby Godsey

    Senior Vice President for University Advancement,
      Admissions and Student Financial Planning
                      Emily P. Myers                                                             page
  Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
                    Thomas G. Estes Jr.
                         Peggy H. DuBose
                                                                 Careers in Criminal Justice
                                                                      Students gain experience
           Dean, Walter F. George School of Law                     while pursuing legal studies
                  R. Lawrence Dessem
         Assistant Dean for Career Services and
     Alumni Services/Walter F. George School of Law

                      Patricia Bass
     Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement
                     Gloria O. Marshall
                Director of Development/Law
                   Michelle J. ClenDening
       Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
               and University Special Events
                                                                                                                              Former Officers at Mercer
                                                                                                                              Students bring law enforcement
                      T. Raleigh Mann                                                                                         experience to class
     Assistant Vice President for University Relations
                  and Marketing, Editor
                     Judith T. Lunsford
     Assistant Vice President for University Relations
            and Marketing, Managing Editor
                    Richard L. Cameron
  Executive Director of Creative Services, Design Editor
                       Steve Mosley
         Skippy Davis, Davina Gould, Jennifer Treby

                                                                     In Service to the Public
                                                                                Law alums choose
                      Photography                                      careers in the public sector
   Dwayne Bass, Tiffany Brown, Ralph Priddy, Rod Reilly


                BOARD OF DIRECTORS
       S. Catherine Phelps, JD ’91, President, Atlanta
   Preston Lewis III, JD ’79, President-Elect, Waynesboro
      James V. Hilburn, JD ’69, Vice President, Dublin
         Emily K. Turner, JD ’99, Secretary, Macon
                    Susan S. Cole, JD ’77,
            Immediate Past President, Atlanta
  The Mercer Lawyer is published annually for alumni and
                                                                                                                              Teaching Criminal Law
friends of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.                                                                Bringing trial experience
       Comments or questions should be addressed to:                                                                          to the classroom
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       1400 Coleman Avenue • Macon, Georgia 31207
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                                              FACULTY NOTABLES • FROM THE ALUMNI PRESIDENT

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                   opportunity institution.
                                                                  On the cover —           Members of Mercer’s law faculty use their courtroom experiences to prepare students for careers in
                                                                   law and order. Posed in Mercer’s Moot Courtroom are, from left, Professor Jim Fleissner, Professor Deryl Dantzler,
                                                                     adjunct instructor and interim U.S. Attorney Pete Peterman, Professor Joe Claxton and Professor John Cole.
                  Printed on recycled paper.
F   E       A       T       U       R       E

                                                    To Prosecute or to Defend
                                                    STUDENTS PREPARE
                                                    FOR CAREERS
                                                    IN CRIMINAL
                                                    by Jennifer Treby

                                                    t is zero hour. The time for preparing motions or rehearsing a delicate opening argument has
                                                    passed. As the bailiff pierces the low murmur of voices with “all rise” and the judge enters the
                                                    courtroom, the first-time trial attorney begins to practice what until now he or she has only
                                                        Whether this scene plays out at an arraignment, calendar call or a full-blown trial, this is the
                                                    arena in which the outcome of a case can largely depend on the preparation and skills of the
                                                    attorney. Being an eloquent orator or a proficient scribe requires a good deal of practice and

                                                                        hands-on involvement. For numerous students at                    clerk, but for a future as
                                                                        the Walter F. George School of Law, the opportunity               a defense attorney.
                                                                        to gain practical work experience while pursuing                  Henson’s work with
                                                                        their legal studies is a great way to enter a career in           NCDC was primarily
                                                                        criminal prosecution or defense work.                             administrative,
                                                                                                            Third-year law                including audiovisual
                                                                                                        student Marcus                    duties that allowed him
                                                                                                        Henson found that                 to film seasoned
                                                                                                        his experience working            criminal defense                  Marcus Henson
                                                                                                        with the National                 attorneys demonstrating
                                                                                                        Criminal Defense                  all aspects of the criminal trial process.
                                                                                                        College (NCDC) last                   “NCDC gave me a tremendous opportunity to
                                                                                                        summer was a unique               network with defense attorneys and faculty, as
                                                                                                        opportunity that                  well as observe specialized trial techniques that I
                                                                                                        prepared him not only             wouldn’t normally have exposure to as a
                                                                                                        for his job this                  student or even be familiar with as a new
                                                                                                        summer as a law                   graduate,” he said.

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                                                                                                                                            Bibb County Solicitor-
                                                                                                                                            General Otis
                                                                                                                                            Scarbary, BA ’74, JD
                                                                                                                                            ’77, feels his staff and the
                                                                                                                                            public benefit from
                                                                                                                                            having Mercer law stu-
                                                                                                                                            dents work practicums in
                                                                                                                                            his office.

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    NCDC, a not-for-profit corporation affiliated                                                           by Professor Jim Fleissner, puts students in
                                                                              Henson, who plans to move out west and
with the National Association of Criminal Defense                                                           direct contact with local and regional Mercer
                                                                          work in a public defender’s office or for a small
Lawyers, was established at the Walter F. George                                                            alumni prosecutors. The Association is student-
                                                                          private practice after law school, has already
School of Law in 1985. Each summer, the                                                                     run, and, with the assistance of alumni advisers,
                                                                          taken two classes focusing on prosecuting and
College brings two groups of 96 participants to                                                             provides educational seminars and information
                                                                          defending cases and looks forward to taking
Mercer for two-week sessions. The participants                                                              about summer internship and employment
                                                                          Advanced Trial Practice and other criminal law
are selected from an applicant pool of about 500                                                            opportunities, as well as a platform for
                                                                          courses during his third year. “Mercer does a
and represent from 40 to 45 states. Approximately                                                           recognizing the achievements of Mercer alumni.
                                                                          better job at preparing students — especially
50 percent of the “students” are public defenders,                                                              Each year, members of the Association host a
                                                                          with the Legal Writing Certificate Program —
                                                                                                            speakers forum that brings leading prosecutors
“As a student, anytime you have field experience — whether a case                                           to Mercer to discuss high-profile cases. Past
                                                                                                            presenters have included Scott Mendeloff, a
is high profile or not — you have a tremendous advantage.”                                                  prosecutor in the Timothy McVeigh case; FBI
                                                                                                            agent Marie Dyson, who is part of the profiling
25 percent are federal defenders and 25 percent       than a lot of other schools. My work with NCDC        unit at Quantico Marine Corps Base that
are private practitioners.                            and the law firm has helped me to see the             handled the Unabomber case, and a number of
    Law Professor Deryl Dantzler, AB ’64, JD          human element that sometimes is missed in an          attorneys general, district attorneys and
’70, has served as dean of NCDC since its             academic setting.”                                    prosecutors in Georgia.
inception at Mercer. She explains that, as                Mercer also grants networking opportunities           According to Fleissner, many law students are
ambassadors of the Law School and of Macon,           to those students who are thinking about careers      exploring what they want to do, and the Mercer
law students have a unique opportunity to learn       on the other side of the courtroom. The Mercer        Association of Prosecutors inspires them to
from the educational program and to establish         Association of Prosecutors, started five years ago    research what type of summer employment is
lasting contacts in the criminal defense field.                                                                               available and to meet directly
    “Mercer’s affiliation with NCDC has provided                                                                              with the people who will hire
significant name recognition and reputation                                                                                   them. This gives students a head
enhancement for the Law School among the                                                                                      start in finding jobs after school.
members of the defense bar,” Dantzler said.                                                                                       “Mercer has long been
“Student and faculty recruitment and graduate                                                                                 recognized for training criminal
employment have directly benefited. Over the                                                                                  defense lawyers through NCDC,”
years, a number of Mercer alumni have attended                                                                                Fleissner said. “You can go
NCDC, and several have become faculty.”                                                                                       around the country and find
    Henson clerked this summer for the law firm                                                                               Mercer defense attorneys. We
of Hogue & Hogue in Macon, where his                                                                                          wanted to create an identity and
responsibilities included drafting briefs for the                                                                             recognition for our alumni who
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, jury selection                                                                             prosecute cases. In the last few
and general trial preparation for state and federal                                                                           years, information has been
trials. The firm specializes strictly in criminal                                                                             collected on alumni around the
defense, which Henson attributes to the high                                                                                  country who are prosecutors.
ethical standards of the partners Frank                                                                                       Thanks to a database, we can
Hogue, JD ’91, and Laura Hogue, JD ’91.                                                                                       help students find employment
    “Mercer’s training on ethics helps make                                                                                   opportunities in particular states
attorneys a little less competitive and able to refer                                                                         by putting them in touch with
cases to each other, where their interest is in                                                                               alumni.”
helping clients more than their pocketbooks,” he                                                                                  In addition to belonging to
said. “Hogue & Hogue are very well-respected                                                                                  the Mercer Association of
among prosecutors and other defense attorneys.                                                                                Prosecutors, some Mercer law
Working with them has put me in contact with                                                                                  students in recent years have
real people and opened my eyes to seeing how the                                                                              had the fortunate opportunity to
law affects real people, as well as to under-         The Mercer Association of Prosecutors, started five years ago by        assist Fleissner in his work with
standing what an attorney’s role is in                Professor Jim Fleissner, above, puts students in direct                 Independent Counsel
the system.”                                          contact with local and regional Mercer alumni prosecutors.              proceedings. Fleissner, who

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worked as a federal prosecutor before coming to        not — you have a tremendous
Mercer, was appointed in April 1998 to serve as a      advantage,” he said. “The work the
senior associate independent counsel on the            students did for the Independent
investigation of former U.S. Housing Secretary         Counsel was on par with the
Henry Cisneros.                                        internships or practicums other
    “When I was appointed, an indictment had           Mercer students do in the Bibb and
already been made,” Fleissner said. “As a former       Houston County District Attorneys
federal prosecutor, I was one of four lawyers who      Offices, the U.S. Attorneys Office, or
had primary responsibility to litigate cases. I        any public defenders offices
helped to answer about 40 pre-trial motions            around the state. In fact, some of
made by defense counsel. After we won a pretrial       the local work students do in the
appeal in the District of Columbia Circuit, we         district attorneys offices is better
went back to trial court and had a month-long          because they are allowed to litigate,
hearing where Cisneros plead guilty to a lesser        which is a major step for someone
charge. I resigned in November 2000 to go back         interested in that work.”
to full-time teaching.”                                    For Bibb County Solicitor-
    During the year and a half of his involvement      General Otis Scarbary, BA ’74,
as an independent counsel, Fleissner was official-     JD ’77, having law clerks perform
ly based out of Macon and traveled to D.C. on a        many functions in his office
regular basis. Fleissner’s students worked as          benefits both the public and the
research assistants for him through the                students. “Students provide
Independent Counsel Office under the same              additional resources, and the
work-study arrangement as the U.S. Attorneys           public gets a quicker response to
Office in Macon.                                                               questions and Mercer law students have a reputation for being well pre-
Because Independent                                                            concerns           pared when clerking in law offices.
Counsel proceedings                                                            regarding
are few and far                                                                pending cases.”                      Brian Treby, JD ’00, completed a
between — and espe-                                                                Mercer students have        practicum at the Solicitor-General’s Office after
cially since the law                                                           been working or completing      his first year of law school and remained there as
expired in 1999 —                                                              practicums in the Solicitor-    a law clerk for the duration of law school.
those students had a                                                           General’s Office for a little   “Mercer’s Trial Advocacy Program aided me in
relatively unique                                                              more than four years. There, feeling more comfortable trying cases in front of
experience. “A high-                                                           students conduct legal          a judge,” said Treby, who considers Georgia’s
profile case, particu-                                                         research, case evaluation,      Third Year Practice Act to be an excellent
larly involving a lot of                                                       interviewing of witnesses,      opportunity for any student interested in
defense lawyers, can                                                           assisting attorneys with        litigation. “Clerking at the Solicitor-General’s
be really interesting                                                          various courtroom               Office significantly helped my trial skills and put
for a student,” said         First-year law student and Wooduff schol- functions, and some trial               into a real-world perspective the legal theory I
Fleissner. “The stu-         ar Mandy Meloun, BA ’98, begins her               work during the third year      learned in law school.”
dents commented that law studies.                                              of law school.                       Whether students choose to pursue a career
during the interview                                                               “It is extremely cost-      as prosecutors or as criminal defense attorneys,
process [for full-time employment] employers           effective to serve the public at a fraction of the      the preparation they receive from the faculty at
would often remark on the Independent Counsel          cost of hiring another full-time attorney,”             the Walter F. George School of Law, combined
experience on their résumés.”                          Scarbary said. “It frees our attorneys in the office    with practical work experience gained during
    The law professor is quick to point out,           to do their jobs more effectively.” He also adds        school, is essential in making the transition
however, that the research assistant position for      that Mercer has provided his office with excellent      from the classroom to the courtroom much
the Independent Counsel proceedings was                students. “The Mercer students we have had              smoother. L
really no different than any other job in a            working with us have been well prepared and
prosecutor’s office.                                   able to do anything we ask of them. All of our
    “As a student, anytime you have field              students have gone on to become very
experience — whether a case is high profile or         successful.”

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Former Law Officers Bring
Experience to Mercer Law School
by Jennifer Treby

                eorge Murphy, JD ’86, was 53                       Law school is incredibly demanding.                                                 Dispatch/ 911.
                when he enrolled at the Walter F.              About this there is little argument. But despite                                        “After arresting the
                George School of Law. For this U.S. the rigors of law school, few things compare                                                       same people time
                Army veteran and retiree of the                to the daily high stakes of putting your life on                                        and time again, just
Federal Bureau of Prisons, entry into law school               the line as a police officer or sheriff.                                                to see them go back
was the completion of a long-term dream.                           Former Cobb County police officer                                                   on the streets, I
     After completing his BS degree, Murphy was                Jonathan Zeitlin, JD ’00, found that law                                                thought the system
commissioned a second lieutenant in the                        school was a little more relaxing than his                                              was simply broken,“
infantry. He                                                                                    day-to-day life                                        he said. “I now
was sent to                                                                                     in law enforce-                                        think the system
Korea for 14                                                                                    ment. “As a                                            can work, at least in
months after                                                                                    police officer,      Jonathan Zeitlin, JD ’00          theory. The entire
basic training.                                                                                 you are in and                                         justice system could
Upon his                                                                                        out of a car all day, be greatly improved if the various agencies would
return to the                                                                                   keeping up with        communicate more efficiently.”
United States,                                                                                  your partners over          One might assume that a career in law
his wife and                                                                                    the radio and deal-    enforcement is a natural transition for beginning
young son                                                                                       ing with the gener-    a career in law. Certainly a familiarity with prac-
accompanied                                                                                     al public and their    tical applications of the law is helpful, but what
him to the                                                                                      problems,” said the might not be anticipated is the unexpected bene-
University of                                                                                   deputy director of     fit of dealing with high levels of stress.
Iowa where he                                                                                   Legal Services for          “When I applied to law school, I was con-
obtained his                                                                                    the Georgia            stantly warned about how stressful it would be,”
MS in crimi-                                                                                    Department of          Hicks said. “Law school is stressful, but it is noth-
nology.                                                                                         Public Safety. “In     ing compared to the demands of working as a
     “I started                                                                                 law school, one        deputy or dispatcher.”
law school at       George Murphy, JD ’86, and some other members of the class of ’86 at        can simply go to            Michael Owens, JD ’01, a recent cum
Iowa and            their 2001 reunion. Left to right are: Mary Pat Simien, Georgia Secre-      class and focus on     laude graduate and a former deputy sheriff in
completed my tary of State Cathy Cox, Star-Beth Regan and Leigh Brogdon.                        the professor, then    Pickens County, S.C., echoes this sentiment.
first year,”                                                                                    go home and focus      “The work in law school is more intense and
Murphy said. “However, the GI Bill ran out, my                 on studying without constant interruptions or           seemingly never ending,” he said. “However,
family had grown to two boys, and I needed a job. life-and-death deci-                                                 compared to the risks cops incur everyday, law
Law school was placed on the back burner, but                  sions. You may not get                                  school was a breeze.”
the desire to be an attorney was never lost.”                  an ‘A,’ but at least you                                     Working in law enforcement demands that
     At the time, Murphy, now a sole practitioner              didn’t have to fight or                                 individuals look at issues logically, search out the
in Florida who specializes in federal criminal                 arrest anyone.”                                         facts and be very disciplined. This mind-set, com-
law, family law and personal injury, may not                       For third-year law                                  bined with the experience of observing the real-
have anticipated spending 23 years in case man-                student Frank                                           world application of the law in their work, gives
agement for the prison system. But he found, as                Hicks, his view of the                                  most law students with this background an edge
have several other Mercer law alumni, that hav-                criminal justice system                                 in school that their peers might not have.
ing a background in law enforcement prior to                   has been broadened                                           “As a cop, you are always searching for
pursuing a career as an attorney can be excellent              since his days as assis-                                logical connections between what others say
preparation in more ways than one.                             tant supervisor, D Shift           Frank Hicks          and what you see,” said Owens. “It’s an

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examination of how others reason. You’re trying                         In general, people who choose to pursue a              the law than many of the other students.”
to apply the facts as you see them to the rules of                  second career are very grounded in their decision              Larizza discovered that his life experiences
the law. These are the skills needed to succeed in                  and feel a sense of focus that they might not have also provided a pleasant perk: the opportunity to
law school.”                                                        had earlier. For these Mercer alumni who                   be a role model for younger students. “First, I
    The experience of working in law enforce-                       embarked on the journey to law school, they have had a no-nonsense attitude regarding law
ment prior to attending law school gives these                      a deep appreciation for what they have                     school,” he said. “Second, I had no doubts about
students a great deal of insight that is helpful in                 accomplished. It                                                                         law school and the path
their studies. After working for the Florida                        stands to reason                                                                         I chose. Third, I was
Department of Corrections for nearly 13 years,                      that given their                                                                         more disciplined and
R.J. Larizza, JD ’96, is now employed by the                        maturity and life                                                                        eager to learn than I
State Attorney’s Office in St. Augustine, Fla.                      experience, they are                                                                     would have been when I
    “As a probation officer, I appeared in court                    more in touch with                                                                       was younger. Finally, I
quite frequently, and I gained an overview of the                   who they are and                                                                         believe that I was able to
nuts and bolts of the system,” Larizza said. “If                    what they want.                                                                          help some of the
you want to be a prosecutor, there is no better                         Murphy made                                                                          younger students who
preparation than to have a first career in law                      quite a commit-                             R.J. Larizza, JD ’96                         were struggling with the
enforcement. You learn the politics, practices and                  ment when he                                                                             rigors of law school.
attitudes of the folks who shape and maintain                       decided to enroll in Mercer Law School. In addi-           They seemed to appreciate my life experiences,
our criminal justice system.”                                       tion to his career with the Federal Bureau of              and they listened to my advice. That was very
                                                                                   Prisons, he had already earned a            rewarding.”
                                                                                   Ph.D. in adult education with an                Possessing a background in law enforcement
                                                                                   emphasis in criminology from                has given these unique graduates an opportunity
                                                                                   Florida State University. He also had                                  to view the law from a dif-
    Michael Owens, JD ’01
                                                                                   completed 26 years of commis-                        Law               ferent perspective, as well
                                                                                   sioned service in the U.S. Army                                        as the ability to incorpo-
                                                                                   Reserves. Going to Mercer Law                        enforcement       rate that knowledge into
                                                                                   School meant he had to endure a                                        their current careers. They
                                                                                   geographic separation from his wife                  demands           appreciate the benefits of
                                                                                   and family.
                                                                                       “I was more focused on what I
                                                                                                                                        that indi-        their past experiences and
                                                                                                                                                          seem to genuinely enjoy
                                                                                   wanted to do,” Murphy said. “Our                     viduals look      their work. Zeitlin values
                                                                                   boys had grown up and left home,                                       his time as a police offi-
                                                                                   my wife was a school teacher, and                    at issues         cer. “Much of my current
                                                                                   she remained in Florida. I would                     logically ...     job involves problems
                                                                                   come home every three to four                                          with which I am familiar,
                                                                                   weeks. Without the discipline that                   and be very       thanks to my former
                                                                                   had been instilled in me prior to                                      life,” he explained. “It
                                                                                   law school, I may not have been                      disciplined.      makes my new career a
                                                                                   able to complete school.                                               pleasure.”
                                                                                       “There was nothing that                     It takes an incredible amount of courage to
                                                                                   prepared me for the amount of               undertake anything new, especially entering law
                                                                                   homework, and I realized I was              school mid-career. These Mercer alumni prove
                                                                                   competing with students in their            that it is never too late to take a chance, or to
                                                                                   early 20s. Possibly, a law student          start something new. Indeed, they are great
                                                                                   without such a varied background            examples to their peers. German philosopher and
                                                                                   would be a better student, but not          dramatist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe may
                                                                                   necessarily a better attorney. The          have said it best, “Whatever you can do or dream
                                                                                   things I had accomplished over 30           you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic
                                                                                   years gave me a better insight into         and power in it. Begin it now.” L

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                                                        IN SERVICE
F   E    A          T       U       R           E

                                                        to the
                                                        by Skippy Davis
                                                                            FOR SOME MERCER LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI,                    studies, he entered the Law School in 1947.
                                                                            work in the public sector has proved to be more       While a student, he became the editor in chief of
                                                                            alluring than a private law practice. As investiga-   the Law School’s first Law Review, which was
                                                                            tors, prosecutors or administrators, they have        also the first law review in Georgia.
                                                                            forged careers that combine law and order.                After graduating in 1950, he practiced law for
                                                                                Some of them knew even before graduation          two years in Macon before the Army beckoned
                                                                            that public service was where their hearts and        again. “The Judge Advocate General’s Corps was
                                                                            ambitions lay. Others entered private practice        just starting with a new uniform code of justice,
                                                                            initially, but moved into public practice and         and they wanted lawyers,” he said.
                                                                            remained there.                                           He signed on with JAG and wound up in the
                                                                                When William P. Tyson Jr. returned                office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington,
                                                                            home from active Army duty in Europe from             D.C., as director of legislation and policies related
                                                                            1944 to 1946, he enrolled in Mercer’s College of      to military law. After retiring as a full colonel in
                                                                            Liberal Arts. After completing his undergraduate      1971, he joined the Justice Department’s crimi-

                                                                                                                                                                       Pete Peterman, BA ’73,
                                                                                                                                                                       JD ’76, unabashedly enjoys
                                                                                                                                                                       criminal law and serves as
                                                                                                                                                                       an adjunct instructor at
                                                                                                                                                                       Mercer Law School.

William P. Tyson Jr., LLB ’50, left, earned
several recognitions during his career in the
Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

                                                                                                                                                                           Early in his career, Archie
                                                                                                                                                                           Chappell, AB ’26, LLB ’62,
                                                                                                                                                                           was Georgia’s first federal
                                                                                                                                                                           probation officer.

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nal division and two years later accepted a posi-                                   “Most people probably think we deal with                       degree from Mercer.
tion in the Deputy Attorney General’s Office. His                               white collar crimes, but the main work we do is                        Chappell, who will soon celebrate his 100th
outstanding record brought him an appointment                                   drug cases,” he said. “Not at street level, of                     birthday, achieved international prominence as a
by President Ronald Reagan as Director of                                       course, but we try to take down whole                              consultant to German courts as a State
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. He retired from                             organizations. We also do violent crimes —                         Department observer in France, Germany, The
the Justice Department in 1988.                                                 bank robberies fall into our sphere and a lot of                   Netherlands, Denmark and England and as a
    G.F. “Pete” Peterman, interim U.S. Attor-                                   firearms work.”                                                    delegate to the U.N. Conference on Crime and
ney in Macon, practiced law for several years after                                 Richard A. “Archie” Chappell is                                Delinquency in Stockholm. After retiring as
graduating in 1976, then joined the office of Bibb                              another Law School alumnus who found his call-                     Parole Board chairman, Chappell served on the
County District Attorney Willis Sparks in 1981.                                 ing in public service and attained a presidential                  faculty of the University of Georgia Institute of
    “It was the luckiest thing I ever did,” said                                appointment. Now retired and living in Macon,                      Government.
Peterman, who unabashedly enjoys criminal                                       Chappell became Georgia’s first federal probation                      The Mercer Law School has many Georgia
prosecution. Peterman returned to private prac-                                 officer in 1925 in Muscogee County.                                prosecutors among its alumni, including two
tice in 1983, but in 1990 found a niche in the                                      “I had never heard of a probation officer; I                   state court solicitors, Roxanne Gray in
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District. He’s                            took the job because I needed the money,”                          Columbus and Sheryl Barksdale Jolly in
been there ever since. He became criminal prose-                                Chappell said years later in an interview with The                 Augusta. The class of 1984 might have the largest
cution chief in 1996 and first assistant U.S. attor-                            Macon News. Chappell’s career spanned more                         population of Georgia district attorneys: Kelly
ney in 1998.                                                                    than 40 years, and he became an authority on                       Burke of Houston County has served the
    Last year, when U.S. Attorney Beverly Martin                                correctional methods and causes of juvenile                        Houston Judicial Circuit since 1997; Lydia
was appointed to the Northern District bench,                                   delinquency. In 1938, he was named supervisor                      Sartain of Hall County has served the Northeast
Peterman was appointed interim U.S. attorney.                                   of the U.S. Probation System for the Department                    Circuit since 1993; and Tim Vaughn of Dodge
Because his office has no investigators, Peterman                               of Justice, and in 1953 President Dwight D.                        County has served the Oconee Judicial Circuit
works closely with many agencies, including the                                 Eisenhower appointed him chairman of the U.S.                      since 1985.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, Internal                                Parole Board. He was re-appointed by President                         Burke decided to run for his post during four
Revenue Service and, at times, the Georgia                                      John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B.                            years as chief magistrate judge. “It was my job to
Bureau of Investigation.                                                        Johnson. He later received an honorary L.L.D.                      issue arrest warrants for the county, mostly on

                                                                                                                               Sheryl Jolly, JD ’83, is a state court solicitor in Augusta.

Judge William Augustus Bootle, AB ’24, LLB ’25, LLD ’82,
left, and fellow Mercerian Archie Chappell reminisce about
times past.

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                                                                                                                Kelly Burke, JD ’84, has served as district attorney for
F   E   A           T       U       R           E
                                                                                                                the Houston Judicial Circuit since 1997. During trials,
                                                                                                                Burked often uses visual aids to illustrate to juries where
                                                                                                                victims have been wounded.

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drug and burglary charges, sometimes even mur-                                  children’s issues, which is reinforced by her                      the University of Georgia in 1981, the same year
ders,” he said. “I became really frustrated, seeing                             experience in the governor’s Office of Children                    he entered Mercer Law School.
the same people over and over, constantly break-                                and Youth.                                                             “I’ve always had a leaning toward police work
ing the rules. I’ve got six children, and it made                                   “That gave me a huge interest in juveniles                     and prosecution,” he said.
me concerned about what kind of community                                       and juvenile court,” she said. With the                                Vaughn became assistant to then-Oconee
they were growing up in. I decided it was a worth-                              Edmondson Telford Foundation, Sartain spear-                       Circuit District Attorney Jim Wiggins in 1985 and
while goal to try to do something about it.” Burke                              headed development of a child advocacy center,                     later became his chief assistant. When Wiggins
won the post in 1995 and again last year. “I real-                              the Edmondson Telford Center for Children,                         resigned in 1994 to become a U.S. attorney, Gov.
ly enjoy being D.A.,” he said. “At this point, my                               which opened in Gainesville in 1997.                               Miller appointed Vaughn to succeed him. The
ambitions are to stay D.A.”                                                         “It provides a comfortable environment where                   Mercerian has since won election and re-election.
    Sartain was Georgia’s first full-time female                                victims of abuse and neglect can be interviewed,                       “Oh, yeah, I love the job — most of the
state court solicitor. She also had headed Gov.                                 and it also is a homelike setting for foster family                time,” said Vaughn, who would like to hold the
Zell Miller’s Office of Children and Youth before                               visitations,” said Sartain, who received her                       office until he retires. “It satisfies my leaning
Miller appointed her to the vacant Hall County                                  bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer                 toward police work and lets me be involved in
district attorney’s seat in 1993, the office which                              in 1981.                                                           other ways, too. I like to be a sounding board and
she has held through two subsequent elections.                                      Tim Vaughn earned an associate criminal                        adviser to the investigators, and I enjoy being
The mother of three daughters, Callie, 7; Carey, 5,                             justice degree from Middle Georgia College in                      helpful to victims of crime. After all, we’re all
and Susanna, 3, she has a strong concern for                                    1979 and a bachelor’s in criminal justice from                     working together.” L

Lydia Sartain, JD ’84, was
Georgia’s first full-time female
state court solicitor.

                District Attorney Tim Vaughn, JD ’84,
                        says his responsibilities satisfy his
                             leaning toward police work.

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            Bringing Trial Experience to the
                                                                        by Davina Gould

                                                                                                        riminal law is a complicated area of study with a range
                                                                                                        of diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives.
                                                                                                        Mercer University’s criminal law faculty, which
                                                                                                        includes several nationally-recognized scholars, reflects
                                                                                                        the variety of viewpoints in the field. From the required
                                                                                                        first-year course to specialized third-year seminars, each
                                                                                                        criminal law class plays a unique role in preparing
                                                                            students for “Law and Order” careers.

                                                           Several Mercer criminal law professors bring to                             the predecessor to the National Criminal Defense
                                                       their classrooms years of experience as practicing                              College (NCDC) now located at Mercer, she helped
                                                       criminal attorneys. With this experience comes                                  shift the continuing education program from a lec-
                                                       insight beyond the textbook on the practical side of                            ture-style curriculum to a skills-training course. In
                                                       criminal law.                                                                   contrast to 1960s-era trial practice courses that
                                                                      Deryl Dantzler spent eight years                                 only used a mock trial in front of a local judge, the
                                                                  in private criminal defense practice,                                college integrated detailed instruction and critique
                                                                  though she had not planned that career                               to break down the various skills of a trial.
                                                                  path when she was a Mercer law student.                                   “I had so much fun doing that, I wondered what
                                                                  Her first criminal case involved a college                           would happen if this was taught in law school,”
                                                                  student who was arrested with an invalid                             Dantzler said. “It’s like getting instruction in swim-
                                                                  warrant for marijuana possession.                                    ming instead of being thrown into the deep end.”
                                                                      “I just happened into it,” Dantzler                              She decided to take a “few years off” from private
                                                                  said. “It’s true that you don’t pick your                            practice to teach at Mercer. That was 22 years ago.
                                                                  specialty — your specialty picks you.”                                    Dantzler’s students critique the mock trial per-
                                                                  That first successful case led to future                             formances of other students and — through review
                                                                  referrals, which eventually developed into                           of videotapes — of themselves. From this experi-
                                                                  a busy criminal defense practice, includ-                            ence, they are better equipped to continue to learn
                                                                  ing six death penalty cases.                                         from their future observations because “being a
                                                                      A scholarship to the National College                            trial lawyer is a lifelong learning experience,” said
                                                                  for Criminal Defense Lawyers and Public                              Dantzler, who currently serves as dean of NCDC.
                                                                  Defenders in Houston, Texas, was a life-                             “In class, we encourage them to assist each other.
                                                                  changing experience for Dantzler. After                              It’s easier to understand your performance by
                        Deryl Dantzler, AB ’64, JD ’70            joining the staff of the college, which was                          watching it” on videotape.

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    “Our students leave the Law School almost                John Cole served as a Philadelphia
prepared to competently try a case in a court-          public defender and Indiana Supreme
room. That was not the condition we left law            Court clerk before starting his teaching
school in 30 years ago,” Dantzler said. “Around         career at Mercer. Cole combines his
the state, the judges and the Bar                                       practical background in
report that Mercer students as a                                        the trial and appellate
whole have very good trial skills and                                   process with guest speak-
make strong trial lawyers.”                                             ers in his Advanced
    Before joining the Mercer law                                       Criminal Trial
faculty in 1994, Jim Fleissner                                          Techniques course,
worked as a federal prosecutor in the                                   offered to sixth-semester
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago for                                   students to bridge their
eight years, advancing to criminal                                      legal education to real
section chief supervising 45 prosecu-            John Cole              world experience.                                                     Jim Fleissner
tors. His criminal law practice in
Macon has included consulting, a few court              Using Criminal Law to                                               through movies or news reports. “We discuss com-
appointments to defend clients in the federal           ‘Think Like a Lawyer’                                               mon law issues that go far back in history,” he
appeals process, and working with the                        All students begin their law school career with                said. “Many issues deal with the most basic ele-
Independent Counsel’s Office in Washington,             the required survey course in criminal law. In the                  ments of criminal law, such as what’s required to
D.C., in the investigation of former Housing and        first-year course, Cole tries to re-orient new stu-                 demonstrate a taking crime, or that a person had
Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.             dents’ thinking away from absolute answers to                       the requisite state of mind to commit a crime.”
    “I have found that my prior practice and the        subjective interpretations.                                             “My teaching approach [for criminal law]
practice that I’ve done since coming                                        “The law is all procedure,” he                  isn’t much different than that of any other first-
to Mercer contribute a lot to the                                       explained. “Everything is keyed on                                                year course,” said
courses that I teach,” Fleissner said.      “Our students a process that will generate an                                                                 Professor Ted
“I can use examples that have come
up to illustrate different points.”          leave the Law answer that wenot be the right
                                                                        though it may
                                                                                         can live with,                                                   Blumoff, whose
                                                                                                                                                          interest in criminal
    A legal commentator for several          School almost answer.” This point is illustrated to                                                          law evolved from his
news media outlets including the                                        his students when they read cases                                                 studies in law and
News Hour with Jim Lehrer,                    prepared to               and discover the different interpre-                                              religion. “We lay out
Fleissner enjoys using the transcripts                                  tations made by classmates.                                                       the black letter rules
and filings of major cases in his          competently try                  “Teaching criminal law is                                                     of law then expand
classroom discussion. “Students find           a case in a              interesting, and it’s an extremely                        Ted Blumoff             from those rules to
real cases interesting, plugging into                                   good way to introduce students to                                                 understand the issues
a live dispute and having an insight          courtroom.” reading cases, understanding theo-                                and approaches that underlie the rules and can
into a case.”                                                           ry and applying facts to the law,”                  be used as called for.”
    Fleissner often reminds his stu-                                    said Professor Joe Claxton, who                         One major goal of the first-year course is to
dents that the cases in the book are                                    also teaches the first-semester                     teach students how to think for themselves.
real situations with real people,                                       course in Criminal Law. He                          “Learning the rules is easy, but learning how to
which often involve ethical and                                         approaches the introductory course                  use them, where they come from and how
moral issues. “I want students to                                       as a theoretical course, asking                     jurisprudence shapes how we solve criminal
come away from class not forgetting                                     many questions but giving few                       problems is what I’m interested in,” Blumoff
that criminal litigation is very much                                   answers. “This course has some-                     said. In addition to teaching the survey course in
about dealing with people, whether                                      thing in common with all first-                     criminal law, he has published three articles and
they be witnesses, victims, defen-                                      year courses. We’re teaching new                    has outlined a book proposal on the subject.
dants or law enforcement,” he said.             Joe Claxton             law students how to think like a
“It requires people skills and com-                                     lawyer and analyze issues, and                      Understanding Both
munication skills, a need for sensitivity, knowing      criminal law is the vehicle for that.”                              Sides of the Law
with some effort you can make their life a lot bet-          Claxton starts by reminding students that                          Aspiring attorneys interested in criminal law
ter, or without effort, a lot worse.”                   criminal law is not what they’ve seen in the media                  often enter law school with a predisposition for

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“Judges and the Bar report that                                          sides, students are expected to consider the oppo-
                                                                         sition’s approach to the law. “To think like a liti-
Mercer students as a whole ...                                           gator, you must think like your opponent to
                                                                         know what they’re going to do. To favor only one
make strong trial lawyers.”                                              side gets in the way of thinking like your oppo-
                                                                         nent,” Fleissner said.
either the prosecution or defense sides of the                               Students in the third-year Georgia Criminal
courtroom. However, the scales of justice require                        Practice and Procedure course get a front-row
fair and competent representation on both sides.                         seat of the opposing perspectives in criminal law
    “I think that it’s a mistake to approach crimi-                      through an unusual teaching tag team. Houston
nal practice as a prosecutor or defense lawyer,                          County attorneys and Mercer Law alumnae
one tribe or the other, and that is very common,”                        Angie Coggins and Christine Cruse use
Fleissner said. “Both play a very important role in                      their experience as public defender and prosecu-
the system, and to only consider one side will                           tor, respectively, to expose students to the practi-
result in overlooking the value and function of                          cal issues facing criminal lawyers.
the other.”                                                                  “Angie Coggins and I actually do work
    Beyond understanding the importance of both                          together, so we can give examples of real cases
                                                                                                    that we’ve presented
                                                                                                    against one another,”
                                                                                                    Cruse explained. “We
                                                                                                    take students from the      Christine Cruse, JD ’98, is a prosecutor with
                                                                                                    beginning of the crimi-     the Houston County Judicial Circuit.
                                                                                                    nal process from an
                                                                                                    arrest through the trial    and give students a better picture of practical
                                                                                                    and appeal, and we          application, information, statutes and case law
                                                                                                    introduce the basics of     they can look into when they go into practice,”
                                                                                                    what to expect as a pros-   Coggins said.
                                                                                                    ecutor, a public defend-        Despite their differences, Mercer’s criminal
                                                                                                    er, or [someone] in pri-    law professors share one bond: a passionate inter-
                                                                                                    vate practice.”             est in the subject and the system. “There are as
                                                                                                        The duo plays off of    many different takes on teaching criminal law as
                                                                                                    each other during the       any other course I can think of,” Claxton said.
                                                                                                    class, showing their pos-   “We have a complex and unique criminal justice
                                                                                                    itive relationship and      system; it has its weaknesses, but I think that it is
                                                                                                    respectful disagree-        better than any other.” L
                                                                                                    ments. “By teaching
                                                                                                    both perspectives, we
                                                                                                    raise class participation

Angie Coggins, JD ’89, is with the Houston County Public
Defender’s Office.

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                                                                                                                                             Frank Jones, LLB
                                                                                                                                             ’50, Judge Griffin
                                                                                                                                             B. Bell, LLB ’48,
                                                                                                                                             and President R.
                                                                                                                                             Kirby Godsey
                                                                                                                                             at the 2001 Mercer Law
                                                                                                                                             Commencement —
                                                                                                                                                 Jones was the keynote speaker
                                                                                                                                             for Law Day 2001. Also, the Frank
                                                                                                                                             Cater Jones Endowed Scholars Fund
                                                                                                                                             was dedicated this year. The Fund
                                                                                                                                             was established at the Law School,
                                                                                                                                             one of the many contributions that
                                                                                                                                             Mercer has received from Jones and
                                                                                                                                             his family. He received the
                                                                                                                                             Outstanding Alumnus Award in
                                                                                                                                             1995 from the Law School.

Leaving a Legacy
The Class of 2001
AS THE CLASS OF 2001 PREPARED TO                with financial need who has demonstrated
leave Mercer Law School, members decided        leadership and commitment to service
to leave a legacy for those who follow in       during law school.
their footsteps. Through the Leaving a              Every student who gave at least $10
Legacy campaign, graduating students had        received a commemorative brick
the opportunity to make a gift to the Law       paperweight. To honor the gift, a brick
School. The effort was led by members of        imprinted with the year 2001 has been
the Student Bar Association (SBA),              installed in the brick courtyard in front of
including Rebecca Burgess, JD ’01, SBA          the Law School’s main entrance. A new
president; and Garna Miller, JD ’01, and        brick will be placed in the courtyard for
John Regan, JD ’01, third-year class            each class that gives through the Leaving a
representatives.                                Legacy program.
    Judge Griffin B. Bell, JD ’48,                  The Leaving a Legacy campaign helps
matched all of the students’ individual gifts   graduating students understand why it is
to encourage them to participate. Thirty-       important to support the Law School and
seven members of this year’s graduating         how their gifts make a difference.
class gave to the campaign, raising a total
of $1,320.                                      Garna Miller, JD ’01, left, and
    The students decided to designate their     Rebecca Burgess, JD ’01, along with
gift as an expendable scholarship called the    Dean Larry Dessem, prepare to place
“Class of 2001 Scholarship,” which will be      the first brick from the Leaving a Legacy
awarded this fall to a third-year student       campaign.

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                                              C LASS N OTES
              1957                                    and is a past member of the Tax Section              Smith & Benjamin LLP.                                      1994
   Judge Richard H. Mills, LLB,                       Council of the South Carolina Bar.                                                                  Philip M. Brown, JD, is a partner of
completed his term as chair of the                                                                                       1992                          O’Neal, Brown & Sizemore in Macon. He
National Conference of Federal Trial                                      1985                                Shirley Lynn Cummings, JD,               and his wife, Julie, have a daughter,
Judges, American Bar Association.                        Carter L. Stout, JD, and his wife,                opened her law firm, S. Lynn Cummings,      Catherine, 2.
                                                      Marycarol, announce the birth of their               P.A., on April 1, 2000. She lives in
              1984                                    son, Anthony Carter, on Feb. 27.                     Orlando, Fla.                                             1995
    Barbara A. Holmes, JD, associate                                                                                                                      Lori Jones Heim, JD, and her hus-
professor at Memphis Theological                                          1986                                           1993                          band, Mike, announce the birth of their
Seminary, published her book, A Private                  Todd Harris, JD, was named one of                    Lisa Coogle Jones, JD, was               son, Hunter Michael, on March 4.
Woman in Public Spaces: Barbara                       the “40 Leaders Under 40” by Triad                   appointed Juvenile Court Judge for the
Jordan’s Ethics, Public Religion and Law.             Business News and the Greensboro Jaycees.            Southwestern Judicial Circuit.                   In Sympathy
    Michael G. Roberts, JD, estab-                                                                            Mary Katherine Greene, JD,
lished the Florence, S.C., office of                                      1987                             and her husband, Tom, announce the                         1950
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., on May 1.                 Ray S. Smith III, JD, was                         birth of their daughter, Mary English, on      John S. Warchak, LLB, died on
He has practiced in Florence for 15 years             recently named partner with McManus,                 March 26.                                   July 18.

                                                                          Did You Know ...
                                                                          News from Mercer University

■  Eugene W. Stetson School of                        his duties as dean at the end of the 2000-           College of Arts and Sciences at Belmont     Macon campus, Mercer’s program is the
Business and Economics will                           01 academic year. Skelton continues to               University, Nashville, Tenn.                first one in Central Georgia that blends
begin in 2002 offering its master of                  serve Mercer as senior vice president for               The College of Liberal Arts is now       technology courses with academia, pro-
business administration (MBA) degree at               University Research and Health Affairs.              offering bachelor of arts and bachelor of   viding graduates with the knowledge to
the University’s Douglas County Center.                                                                    science degrees in information science      problem-solve and modify computer
The MBA program will be tailored to the               ■   The Southern School of                           and technology (IST). Offered on the        technology, not just the skills to apply it.
working student, with courses taught in               Pharmacy continues to bring
the evenings in eight-week sessions.                  renowned scholars to campus as part of a

■   The prestigious Association of
                                                      Visiting Scholar program sponsored by
                                                      Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. C. Lindsay                                      Law Faculty Notables
American University Presses (AAUP) has                DeVane, Pharm.D., professor of psychiatry                                              FALL      2001
awarded Mercer University Press                       and behavioral sciences at Medical
                                                                                                                ■ Richard Creswell, professor, has just completed service as the reporter
full membership, concluding a 15-month                University of South Carolina spoke on
                                                                                                                for the Georgia Supreme Court’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Judiciary.
application process. AAUP carefully                   drug interactions at the Grand Round on
                                                                                                                The Commission was chaired by the Honorable Hardy Gregory, LLB ’67.
considers members based on stringent,                 Wednesday, Sept. 19.
academic standards for the books                                                                                ■ Larry Dessem, dean, has published the third edition of his book Pre-
published and examines a press’s review               ■   The McAfee School of Theology                         Trial Litigation: Law, Policy and Practice. He served on the Planning
process to ensure it produces true,                   has been granted candidate status in the                  Committee and as a small group facilitator at the Conference on New Ideas
scholarly work and shows an                           Association of Theological Schools (ATS).                 for Experienced Teachers, sponsored by the Association of American Law
understanding of regional history.                    Although the McAfee School of Theology                    Schools in Calgary, Canada, in June.
                                                      is fully accredited through the Southern                  ■ Linda H. Edwards, professor, spoke on the subject “Compositional
■  In July, Ann Connor Jobe, M.D., M.S.N.,            Association of Colleges and Schools, it is                Modes of Studying Law as a Liberal Art” at the ALWD Conference held in
became dean of the School of                          in the process of seeking additional                      Minneapolis, Minn., in July.
Medicine. Jobe previously served as                   accreditation from ATS, which accredits                   ■ Steve Johnson, professor, has been elected to a second three-year term
interim vice chancellor for Health                    237 seminaries and divinity schools in                    on the Board of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.
Sciences at East Carolina University,                 the United States and Canada.                             ■ Jack L. Sammons, professor, is working with Mercer Commons in
Greenville, N.C. W. Douglas Skelton, M.D.,                                                                      planning a Feb. 14 symposium on the Theology of the Practice of Law. The
dean of the School of Medicine for the                ■  Richard C. Fallis, Ph.D., has been                     symposium will bring to campus leading lawyers, theologians and philoso-
past 15 years and senior vice president for           appointed dean of the College of                          phers and is supported by a $2 million grant from the Lilly Foundation.
University Research and Health Affairs,               Liberal Arts. Previously, Fallis served
announced plans last year to relinquish               as professor of English and dean of the

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                                    BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE WALTER F.                                     The rule of law is the essence of a civilized
                                    George School of Law, I was familiar with its                    society; it keeps us safe, orderly and balanced.
                                    reputation for academic excellence, interest in                  The many lawyers who practice either privately
                                    public service and commitment to non-                            or in the public’s interest should always be
                                    traditional students.                                            remembered and admired for helping to
                                        Law and Order, the theme of this issue,                      maintain the rules that allow society’s delicate
                                    means many things to many people associated                      balance. We should all remember why we went
                                    with our law school. Nowhere is this more                        to law school in the first place and that the
                                    evident than in the diverse mix of students from                 practice of law can and should be a noble,
                                    year to year, ranging from those fresh out of                    useful and satisfying profession.
                                    college to those starting a second or even third                     The Walter F. George School of Law is to be
                                    career. Not only does our law school attract                     congratulated by all of us for the number of
                                    students with a broad array of interests, but it                 lawyers it encourages to go into public interest
                                    then cycles these new lawyers into a wide range                  law. We should continue to support our law
                                    of professions, not just the traditional practice                school by our deeds and donations. This issue is
                                    of law. Further, Mercer’s commitment to public                   a tribute to some of the students who went on to
                                    interest law is evidenced by the number of                       make the laws, enforce the laws and interpret
                                    alumni choosing careers as district attorneys,                   the laws. It is my hope that many of the current
                                    judges, elected officials and members of                         students will follow their lead and be inspired
                                    governmental agencies, to name a few.                            by these legacies. As we reflect on our own life,
                                        Becoming a lawyer opens up many                              legal education and goals, let us salute the
                                    opportunities in the world. Individuals can be                   paths they have chosen.
                                    in private practice or use their legal education
                                    as the basis for almost any other profession.
                                    Being educated at the Walter F. George School
                                    of Law gives us all a unique perspective and a
                                    special responsibility. This can be attributed to
     Katie Phelps, JD ’91           the Law School’s uncommon commitment to                          Katie Phelps
             President              the quality of education, the variety of the
  Walter F. George School of Law    student body, and the encouragement given
       Alumni Association           each student as she transitions back into the
                                    work force. The professors challenge us to think
                                    differently, not just as lawyers, but as human
                                    beings. They charge us with a special
                                    responsibility to society as a whole and to
                                    appreciate the educational opportunity we have
                                    been given.

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